: The apostle Paul, one of the most prominent figures in the early Jesus movement, had a lot to say about money. His letters deal with real people as they lived their Christian lives in the Greco-Roman world. He finds...
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The apostle Paul, one of the most prominent figures in the early Jesus movement, had a lot to say about money. His letters deal with real people as they lived their Christian lives in the Greco-Roman world. He finds it necessary to address "those who are rich in this present world" (1 Tim 6:17). But he also has to address those do not want to work, for whatever reason, and are "idle and disruptive" (2 Thess 3:6). Moreover, whereas most churches today have a certain socio-economic homogeneity, some of Paul's churches had a combination of upper class wealthy people and lower class slaves worshiping side-by-side, and it inevitably created friction (esp. 1 Cor 11:17-34).
During the past twenty years a significant amount of research has been done on class-consciousness in the Greco-Roman world and on the significance of Paul's fund-raising venture "for the poor among the Lord's people in Jerusalem"-"the collection"-for his ministry. Relying on the surprising results of current Pauline scholarship and a careful exegesis of a variety of New Testament texts, this book offers a thorough investigation of the apostle Paul's sayings and dealings with money.
Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Senior Editor at Large for Biblical and Theological Resources at Zondervan. He has published a number of articles as well as the acclaimed New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition (Zondervan, 2000), Paul s Style of Church Leadership as Illustrated by His Instructions to the Corinthians on the Collection (Mellen, 1992), and A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters (Kregel, 2009). <P>
- :introductionpart 1: Meeting One?s Personal Needs: Paul The Missionary And Financial Support1. Earning A Living From The Gospel2. Paul?s Reluctance To Accept Money3. Paul And Patronage In The Greco-roman Worldpart 2: Paul?s Fund-raising Ventures4. Concern For The Poor And Paul?s First Project5. The Collection And Its Meaning For Paul6. Fund-raising For The Collection And Its Obstacles7. Motivating Believers To Give For The Collection8. The Success Of The Collection And Its Aftermathpart 3: Paul?s Other Dealings With Financial Issues9. The Thessalonians Freeloaders10. The Corinthian Rich And Poor11. The Message To The Rich In The World12. Taxes, Debt, And Ongoing Care For The Disenfranchisedconclusion